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Timothy J. McVeigh's application for an absentee ballot arrived Wednesday at the Niagara County Board of Elections, and Republican commissioner of elections Lucille L. Britt said his ballot would be mailed to him today.

The Pendleton native is in a federal prison in Littleton, Colo., awaiting trial on charges of blowing up the federal office building in Oklahoma City April 19, 1995. His letter requesting an opportunity to vote by mail in the Nov. 5 election was highly unusual, Mrs. Britt said.

"It's the first time I ever had a request from anyone in prison in the 10 years I've been here," she said. "They don't seem interested in voting."

McVeigh is eligible to vote because he has not been convicted of any felonies, Britt said the state Board of Elections ruled.

McVeigh, who last voted in the 1992 presidential election, did not affiliate with a political party on his new application. He was registered as a Republican four years ago.

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